Samsung already planning an 8-core ARM chip

Samsung already planning an 8-core ARM chip
We knew that quad-core chips wouldn't be the end of the line for mobile devices, but we expected that they'd get a few years of maturation before the next step of processor evolution came. But, it looks like Samsung is already planning 8-core ARM chips, and could unveil the plans at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference on February 19th.

The idea appears to be something of an evolution of the "companion core" idea that underlies the Tegra 3. The Tegra 3 is a quad-core chip with a 5th companion core used for low-level processes in order to boost battery life. Samsung's 8-core chip is planned to be a quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A15 for the high-level processing, along with a quad 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 for low-level operations.

The Cortex-A7 side at least will be using ARM's big.LITTLE.computing philosophy, which means it is built to be extremely small and battery efficient, but powerful processor. The first run of chips will be built using a 28 nanometer manufacturing process which will make it 5 times smaller and more efficient than the current generation Cortex-A8.

No word on release window, but it should be interesting to see the path of this chip.

source: ISSCC Schedule via Engadget



1. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012


3. MeoCao unregistered

This actually the measure to save battery life. 4 small cores for normal tasks 4 powerful cores for heavy duty Come on Sammy, use the chip for GS4.

12. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

ohh... i never thought of that... xD

15. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Apparently never bothered to read the article either...

17. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

You didn't even bother to read the text, did you? Just read the title and made ​​the comment...

45. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Quad core is already an overkill. 8 cores would be like killing the other competitors, resurrecting them and killing them once again. Badass Samsung.

46. flamencoguy

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

All the better to leapfrog Apple and give iFans something to think about. Let Apple play catch up.

2. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Samsung's innovation is really pushing boundaries every day. I love it.

4. No_Nonsense unregistered

Since when is adding more cores to a processor/phone a good thing? Plus its based on ARM architecture, so where is Sammy innovating?

11. MeoCao unregistered

This is not as easy as it sounds. SS is successful where TI failed miserably. TI has much more experience in chip making by the way.

20. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

TI "failed" coz they are an american company that get huge profit!


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

and if not innovation then what do you call it? adding core may risk the battery-life but it gives a phone a better processing speed 3Dgaming experience HD video taking and more.. its a progress and progress always leads to innovation

23. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Innovation is also taking things and ideas that already exist, combine them and turn them into something better than what existed before.

32. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

So putting two sets of quad-cores, and make them to be able to switch with each other in order to save battery is not innovation? It's innovation in terms of how it works, not the number of cores.. and no, they are not adding more cores, at any given time, there are only 4 cores running.. Isn't that the same as the usual quad cores? You should start talking like your nickname.. be ashamed of your own nick..

44. flamencoguy

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

You obviously do not know or appreciate what it takes to add more cores. Just look at Intel and how long it took them to advance to the next level of multicores. The lines have to be small enough for one to get put more cores in the same size die.

34. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I totally agree! I went from apple to sony to samsung. If samsung keep going this way, i think i'm going to stick to their products for a long time.

35. nacho69

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I'll switch to Sammy when they use imagination gpu's in their chips.

5. Nocturne

Posts: 24; Member since: May 21, 2012

Technically an eight core, but in a practical sense only 4 will be working at a time correct? So battery life will remain relatively similar, but performance will once again do a huge jump:D 4+4 big.LITTLE FTW!

28. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

In some cases, I think that the battery life will be much better than the today processors. In theory, only in more elaborated games the consumption will be close of the today's consumption. In all other scenarios it will be much better... In theory...

6. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I imagine that this is for tablets. Although i hope the s4 will sport one of these babies.

7. masterchina

Posts: 55; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

SWEET! my contract should be up by the time this rolls out.

8. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

All core sound so awesome, but can have 8, 12 ,16..... 48 cores and without developer write program to support it all those cores will just sitting there doing nothing. More core is alway welcome, it will help my battery stay on longer IF SOMEONE figure out how to power management it.


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

wow!! if the said rumors turns out to be true.. my prediction is right that in the year 2014 there will be a 14-core in a phone! LOl! well you cant blame me for every year core seems to double from 2010(1ghz) 2011 (dual-core) 2012(quad-core).. but anyways, way to go i commend samsung for expanding the limit of nowadays innovation

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

We always hear rumors of Samsung doing this and that. (flexible screens etc..) that we have yet to see, this only means that they are doing test on this.. it may be a while before we see them. so please enjoy your quad- cores..

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Do not sorry iPhone 10 will have a quad core...

36. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

iOS can do quadcore whenever but Androids needs it to run that laggy OS.. unless you are the 13% that have JB

27. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Rumors huh? How about doing a simple Google search or YouTube search.. The above are just two of many.. and we will "enjoy our quadcores" and maybe in a year or two apple might come out with one (I mean there are plenty available right now that they can rip off then turn around release it and call it innovating.. lmao) Then maybe your hater and ignorant comments that stem from jealously and envy will subside. Probably not though cause Android is dominating the race and they aren't looking back, just cruising forward.

37. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

why jealousy.. I can buy Android if I wanted to so trust me there is no jealousy.. dont get sensitive on my comment is not like you own Android do you? I thought so...this is a public forum.. not everyone will agree with you.. get over it

13. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

this sounds nice! very futuristic! but dont know if android is ready for this huge change.... well unlike windows phone, which is said to be able to run more than quad core coz it is base in windows NT...but still wondering why no manufacturers pick up s4 pro.... oh well would love to see this to happen! and this is the very reason why we shouldn't hate other company (coz actually i hate samsung) coz without more and more competition, innovation is clogged!

18. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm not saying this is too much but it does seem like quite a jump. I'd think a quad core A15 with a dual A7 makes more sense as a next step. Not complaining though.

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